YANNICK's VICTOIRE VERSUS
YANNICK's VICTOIRE VERSUS
Yannick is a bike enthusiast. He has been practicing mountain bike for 30 years and road bike more recently. For him, riding is a way to take his mind off his work that takes most of his time, and also meet with his friends, share nice friendly times, see where the wind takes him on the roads of Drôme, recharge his batteries and relieve daily stress. After a small issue with his previous bike, Yannick had to purchase a new one. So he started to look for a different bike, custom-made in France.
A friend of mine had a bike being made by a frame builder from Drôme. At the same time, I read in 200 magazine the article about the Concours de Machines that you won in 2016. I was impressed by your creation and the idea of a versatile bike. I looked at your website and contacted you. I decided to go for a Versus. First, I wanted a steel bike but I was seduced by the look of stainless steel. For the rest, I gave you carte blanche..
The frame was made from Columbus XCr stainless steel. Flatmount standard disc brakes and internal routing. T47 bottom bracket to match the client’s expectations and morphology. Colombus Futura Gravel fork and 700x40c tires. For Yannick, we choose some Compass Barlow Pass tires in 700x38c, and a SRAM Force 1 group transmission. Yannick decided to treat himself with RX4 Hope brakes. In order to match with Corima carbon wheels, we used a 11x42 cassette that can be mounted on any Shimano/Sram wheel. Stem, handlebar and seat post are R5 Fisik, a great value aluminium trio. And a handmade Gilles Berthoud Aspin leather saddle made in France.;
Yannick wanted the hand-made work and brazing to be visible so we did a transparent varnish with a mat finish.
This delivery was very special like no other. The TV channel France 3 Auvergne Rhône-Alpes was filming at our workshop that day. Yannick discovered his Versus for the first time in front of the cameras. That was such an emotional moment for this big-hearted man.
Splendid. That’s a very beautiful bike. Today is the fulfilment of a fantasy, of a big project… I can’t wait to ride now !
After one month riding about 1000km, Yannick gives us his impressions.
I am very satisfied. I came looking for the best French craft work and this is exactly what I’ve found. I knew during the postural study that I made the right choice, and it is even more verified now. I have a very good feeling on my Versus. It is very nice downhill, on flat roads, and very confortable. Certainly the magic of the stainless steel and the Compass tires.